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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Zoldon Ransomware

You do not want Zoldon Ransomware invading your operating system because if it can trick you into thinking that your files are encrypted. What does it mean to have files encrypted? That means that the data of your files is ciphered, and can be read using a special key/decryptor only. Needless to say, ransomware creators use decryptors to push victims into paying money (a.k.a., ransom) for them. That is exactly what the creator of this ransomware wants from you as well. Should you at least consider paying the ransom? You certainly should not because you do not want to waste your money and financially support cyber crooks. At the end of the day, if you want to take the risk, you are doing it at your own expense. The ransom is not incredibly huge (150 USD), and so it is highly likely that some users will take a gamble. The thing is, however, that your personal files are NOT encrypted, and so instead of focusing on decryption, you should figure out how to remove Zoldon Ransomware. This report reveals how to do it in several different ways. If you want to learn how to delete the threat, continue reading.

Are you aware of the security risks associated with opening spam emails? These include getting trapped by phishing scams and letting in malware. Unfortunately, Zoldon Ransomware is one of the thousands of infections that could use highly believable spam emails to trick users into executing malware. As soon as this threat gets in, the malicious processes are set to begin shortly, and users have only a small window of time to delete the launcher file. Of course, since it might look like a harmless file, victims might not even realize that they need to remove malware. If it is not stopped, the malicious Zoldon Ransomware immediately launches a window entitled “ZOLDON Crypter V3.0.” This suggests that there are other versions of the infection, but our research team could not confirm that at the time of analysis. The interface of the window looks almost identical to windows represented by better-known and more powerful infections, such as WanaCrypt0r Ransomware, for example. This is meant to create an illusion that your files were truly encrypted. Well, they were not, which is why whenever users face ransomware and ransom notes, the first thing they must do is check their personal files. If they can be opened, their names are not modified, and unique extensions are not attached, they are not encrypted. In this situation, the only thing you need to think about is how you will remove the infection and its bogus ransom notes.

The window represented by Zoldon Ransomware pops up even if you restart your computer, and that is because it is set up to autostart with Windows. The window displays an icon of a lock, a QR code, and a timer. The message informs that a ransom of $150 must be paid within 24 hours. After that, the ransom, allegedly, goes up to $400. It is suggested that the so-called Zoldon Virus has encrypted files and that you need a decryption password. You already know that that is not the truth, and so you do not need to purchase Bitcoins, pay the ransom, and then contact the attacker via You also should pay no attention to the ransom note represented via the DesktopZoldon.txt file (in %USERPROFILE%) either. It also suggests that a ransom must be paid in Bitcoins to a specific Bitcoin Wallet – 1AHhnEDuHS1AFkSdcq3nQRZEPHs1QECAtv.

Since your files are safe, and there is nothing else going wrong, there are no complications, and you should remove Zoldon Ransomware from your operating system as soon as possible. Needless to say, although nothing wrong might be going on right now, your system is vulnerable to malware, and that is something you need to take care of ASAP as well. The instructions below offer to help those interested in deleting Zoldon Ransomware manually, but it is recommended that all users install anti-malware software. This software is most important because of its ability to protect the system and keep it malware-free. It is also very helpful in your situation because it can help you by removing the ransomware automatically. So, even if you choose to follow the steps below, you still need to think about installing reliable anti-malware software.

Zoldon Ransomware Removal

N.B. If the ransomware window has been closed, restart the computer. Follow the instructions below only once the window reappears.

  1. Tap Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys to open a menu.
  2. Select Start Task Manager and then move to the Processes tab.
  3. Right-click the {random name} process with the word ZOLDON in the description.
  4. Select Open file location to access the {random name}.exe file that is the launcher.
  5. Go back to the process, select it, and click End process.
  6. Go to the malicious .exe file, right-click it, and select Delete.
  7. Enter %USERPROFILE% into the field at the top of the Explorer to access the directory.
  8. Right-click and Delete the file named DesktopZoldon.txt.
  9. Simultaneously tap Win+R keys to access RUN.
  10. Enter regedit.exe into the empty box and click OK to access Registry Editor.
  11. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  12. Right-click and Delete the value named Z0ldon.
  13. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\.
  14. Right-click and Delete the key named Z0ldon.
  15. Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately perform a full system scan.
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